Peterloo Poets

Poetry Publishers 1972 - 2009

We are sorry to announce the death of John Whitworth 11.12.1945 to 20.04.19
Many of you will know John was a well loved and respected member of the Peterloo Poets “family” in its day and was a staunch Peterloo Poets supporter over the years.

The funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium Chapel at 12:40pm on Wednesday 22nd May
Barham Crematorium (CT4 6QU) is 9.6 miles (a 20 minute drive) from Canterbury, using the A2 to Dover.
No flowers, please, but any donations would be appreciated, in John’s name, to: Pilgrim’s Hospice, 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8JA or online at www.pilgrimshospices.org

 Following his editorship of the poetry magazine Phoenix (1958 - 1975), Harry Chambers founded Peterloo Poets in Manchester in 1972.
Peterloo’s first two full collections published in 1976 were Elma Mitchell’s The Poor Man in the Flesh and Edmond Leo Wright’s The Horwich Hennets. Peterloo Poets went on to publish 240 volumes of poetry.

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ROCK, Daphne

Waiting for Trumpets



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Poems by Daphne Rock


Daphne Rock has been a life-long writer, but took writing seriously and felt able to call herself a poet only after attending an Arvon Foundation course in 1981. Her previous life involved bringing up a family and working with teenagers in trouble. Her first published poems appeared in The Raving Beauties’ second collection, No Holds Barred (1982). She was a Lancaster Poetry Competition prizewinner in 1988 and a runner-up in the BBC Wildlife Poem of the Year Competition 1992. Her short stories have been published by Iron Press and by Aurora / Metro, and in magazines such as Bound Spiral and New Fiction. She was a prizewinner in the 1997 London Short Story Competition. Daphne Rock has also written several plays, including Four Women in a Mirror, which was produced by Islington Community Arts at Rosemary Branch and Courtyard theatres.

Waiting for Trumpets is a long-awaited first full collection.

“A sharply observant poet with Thomas Hardy’s eye for the ironies of life.”
Second Light Newsletter


Ducks on the A44

It was a pattern
written on dirt under roads,
the way to water.
She was a duchess
disdaining cars,
neither to right nor left she looked,
leading her ducklings.
Neither to right nor left:
she stepped down the kerb. They followed.
This was an ancient way, a map
in their down heads.
Trucks swerved, brakes bit
as she crossed the A44:
trumpets might have sounded,
cloaks been flung in the mire.
The Red Sea rolled and retreated:
she passed, neck stiff, not knowing
how singly miracles come.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: The Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague. Photograph: Mark Rock
Publication: SPRING 1998 (56 pages laminated paperback)